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Sustainable Cities. Research on sustainable urban development.

Developing countries are urbanizing at the speed of light, posing important sustainability concerns. The ADB and IDB are working together to generate, share and disseminate cutting-edge research and knowledge on measuring and improving sustainable development in a sample of Asian and LAC cities to be widely disseminated to others.

Case studies include the Aburrá Valley Metropolitan Area of Medellin in Colombia, Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile, Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, three Mexican Cities (Cuernavaca, Pachuca and Toluca), and Caracas Metropolitan Region of Venezuela in LAC; and in Asia-Pacific, Bangalore, Shanghai, Seoul, Bangkok, Manila and Ho Chi Minh. An inception workshop was held at ADB headquarters in November 2012  (agenda), preliminary findings were presented at IDB headquarters in March 2013 (agenda), and a publication on the research is forthcoming.

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